Power-utility, Eskom, says it made available land in Mpumalanga for the erection of renewable-energy production plants.

CEO Andre de Ruyter says the 4 000 hectares of land will allow private investors to set up generation facilities close to coal-fired power stations.

De Ruyter says the additional capacity, generated by these new, privately-managed plants, would give Eskom the headroom to take some of its aging generation units off the grid.

He says this will allow them to then perform much-needed repairs and maintenance without putting the national grid under additional pressure.

De Ruyter says interest from private businesses has been impressive.

He also says the power utility is working closely with the Department of Energy to fast-track the process of getting more electricity generators connected to the national grid.

De Ruyter says they are also cooperating with the Independent Power Producers office to assist, where they can, with the implementation of Windows 5 and 6 of the IPP programme.

He says to bring loadshedding to an end is of greatest priority.

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